Here’s a post for those of you who have been wondering what it’s like where we live. Since we arrived temperatures have been in the 70s and 80s – warm during the day, cooler at night. It has also started to rain in the afternoons, usually about 3pm it comes in and there is a downpour for awhile and then sprinkles for an hour or so. This city sits in the valley, with mountains on both sides. It’s elevation is about 4000 feet. And the population is about 2,500,000. It’s a big city with lots of traffic and lots of hills, which makes driving a challenge (especially since most cars aren’t automatics).
Medellin consists of things both old and new. Every year there is a new shopping mall being built! And yet there is still so much beautiful, antique architecture. One of our favorite places is the pueblito paisa (where the picture above was taken from), there’s a little replica of what a town/neighborhood in this area used to be like. Many of the small towns look the same today.
Medellin also has it’s extremes of wealth and poverty. On one side of town you find malls, restaurants, luxury apartments and on the other you find houses made out of boards and dirt roads. Many of the Covenant churches are located in the lower class neighborhoods and reach out in incredible ways to their neighbors. One of the churches located in the downtown area has taken on a special concern for a neighborhood at the very top of one of these hillsides, called Santo Domingo. It’s a place that has great needs and the church has done an amazing job reaching out, especially to the children.
There are lots of ways to get around in the city – taxi, bus, car, bike, motorcycle, etc. Sam’s favorite mode of transportation continues to be train and luckily there is a great metro that runs through the city. It is super clean and pretty convenient.
Despite the fact that it is a big city there are places you can go to get away from it all. The city has done a great job of putting in parks of all different types. Just this weekend we visited the botanic gardens.
There is so much to see in the city! We’re excited to do some more exploring as a family. We’ve already visited several of the churches and have had a number of people over to our house for dinner. Pray for us as we get to know our neighbors and engage in the community.